I’m back with Part II of the update. In the last update I told you about finding a special school for my son to attend. We are still trying to finalize his attendance. Since the school is so small there isn’t a lot of hard core directions or go to persons.
I have yet to remove him from our public school system. I’m waiting until the first week of class before I do that. Just in case there is something catastrophic at the new school. I hope things go well. Right now I have to keep focusing on getting “E” to attend class. My mind keeps jumping ahead and thinking “Is he going to lose friends? Is he going to make friends? Will the school get accreditation? How will we pay for this? How can we afford college? Can we retire?” That’s just a sample. There is so much more going through my mind.
We were going to send “E” to a week long computer class the school was offering. It was unfortunately cancelled due to low enrollment. They had another class the following week. He couldn’t attend that as he was taking a coding class. He really wanted to take the coding class. Since he is not panicked to attend coding we want to encourage that. I don’t want him to get too agoraphobic. I see hints of it. I also see hints of OCD but it hasn’t gotten to a full blown issue so I am just leaving it.
The funny thing is I planned my schedule around that class. I had cancelled over 9 different appointments to accommodate that class. Story of my life that.
At home we are still having some trouble with him. Some of it is what he has been diagnosed with, some of it is being a teen, and some is brat or only child syndrome. I don’t know how to handle it sometimes. I think because he was so easy as an elementary school aged child he’s making up for it with gusto.
We recently had several appointments with a local psychiatric center that is known for diagnosis and classes to help people with mental limitations or illnesses. Over the course of two meetings I handed in a two inch thick pile of paperwork on E. We initially went to see if he would qualify for one of their groups. Mainly to help his severe shyness.
They agreed that he would benefit from several services. The first thing is family counseling, then they recommended a diad. A diad is two kids and two therapists. It’s kind of like group therapy but with one other person. It’s sort of the next step from individual therapy to diad then on to group at one point. They also recommended case management.
They had offered the family therapy right away. However, the time they had would interfere with Erik’s school. I told them I wanted to be put on the wait list for two different locations near us. We need to get acclimated to his new school and schedule. Taking him out early would not work for him. Granted we will be doing this in the future, but I will wait till September before I start it. It would be too much going on for us. Just like I am putting off E’s eating therapy too. The anxiety, depression and school has to take precedence.
Since “E” couldn’t attend that class we went to the new school last week to meet two of the teachers. We spent about an hour there. “E” didn’t want to talk much. He spent most of the time on his ipad. It’s his way of coping. Hopefully, everything will go well. I want to have him develop other coping skills. Maybe he will get some from the other students.
During this time I also visited a geneticist. Mainly because breast cancer runs in both sides of my family, and last year’s breast cancer scare. I had just one meeting and she said my risk isn’t any different from the general population. I wasn’t worried but everyone else in my family makes it a big deal. Now I can get people off my back. For me, we all are going to get something. In fact, we will all get multiple things health wise. I’m not going to be paranoid. I just want to take care of myself.
Speaking of which, I have gained weight. I am so disappointed in myself. I have to recommit to losing weight. To losing a significant amount of weight and getting healthy. Damn, I wish junk food wasn’t so good. I also want to be more healthy since all this stress has come up. My body isn’t able to cope. I have increased panic attacks, nausea and gastrointestinal issues. I’m exhausted all the time. So much so I can sometimes stay in bed all day. Then the migraines and chronic pain are rearing their heads. Self care needs to take a more important role too. I need to get back to regular chiropractor and massage therapist appointments.
This concludes my “update.” Thanks for letting me rant. Sometimes you just have to get it off your chest.